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‘Metallica Through the Never’ Trailer: Angry Mobs and “Master of Puppets”

The concert film has gone out of vogue, so we’re curious to see if Metallica can resurrect the form with ‘Metallica Through the Never,’ which combines concert footage with the imagination/hallucinations/whatever of the main character played by ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Dane DeHaan. Here’s the first trailer, and it’s… interesting.

On the positive side of things is the music, which — at least for the trailer — is the song “Master of Puppets,” and that’s one of the band’s best. Perhaps if this leans more heavily on Metallica’s back catalog classics, it might be fun to sit through. If it’s mostly a live rendition of ‘St. Anger,’ we’re not as interested.

The big question is if the world Dane DeHaan’s character inhabits makes sense/is interesting within the context of a concert film. This is a 3D and Imax movie and the images suggest something metalheads may fantasize about, so it could be awesome in a laser light show way. We’ll see if it works when ‘Metallica Through the Never’ opens in Imax on September 27, and on regular screens October 4. Here’s the synopsis:

Starring Metallica, a cast of thousands of their fans and breakout star Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Metallica Through the Never is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Nimrod Antal (Predators, Kontroll) and produced by former IMAX film producer Charlotte Huggins (Journey to the Center of the Earth). The film marries groundbreaking footage and editing techniques with a compelling narrative, in which a band crew member (played by DeHaan) is sent out on a mission during Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. While on this mission, he unexpectedly has his life turned completely upside down.

And here’s the film’s poster:

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